Books by Javier Marías

Javier Marías was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1951, into a very literary family. He earned his first paycheck at age twenty translating "Dracula" scripts into Spanish for his uncle, the movie director Jesús Franco. Today his own work is translated into thir


THE INFATUATIONS by Javier Marías
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2013

"Blindingly intelligent, engagingly accessible—it seems there's nothing Marías can't make fiction do. No wonder he's perennially mentioned as a potential Nobel laureate."
An apparently random street murder sparks musings on shades of guilt and the mutability of truth in the distinguished Spanish writer's latest (Your Face Tomorrow: Poison, Shadow, and Farewell, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >
YOUR FACE TOMORROW by Javier Marías
THRILLERS
Released: June 24, 2005

"Not the easiest reading, but should find its fans among intrepid English-speakers undaunted by works in translation. "
Dense, acrobatic stream-of-consciousness exploring the political and personal ramifications of the violation of a confidence, by Spanish novelist Marias (The Man of Feeling, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >
THE MAN OF FEELING by Javier Marías
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2003

"It's a resonant enigma, deftly explored in an elusive text that's a revealing introduction to and gloss on Marías's richer, even more puzzling subsequent fiction."
Marías (Dark Back of Time, 2001, etc.) exhaustively analyzes a "reasonably famous" operatic tenor's inchoate infatuation with a married woman he scarcely knows. Read full book review >
DARK BACK OF TIME by Javier Marías
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2001

"And—despite a certain donnish smugness that tends to surface at even Marias's most outrageously melodramatic moments—a surprisingly entertaining book."
The densely tangled prose and meditative intensity that made Spanish author Marias's All Souls and A Heart So White (both 1996) memorable (if demanding) reading experiences is put to decidedly different uses in this clever and amusing 1998 novel. Read full book review >
WHEN I WAS MORTAL by Javier Marías
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 27, 2000

"Dependably intriguing (if uneven) work from one of Europe's most interesting contemporary writers."
A first English translation of a 1995 collection comprising 12 elliptical, often insidiously compelling stories from the prizewinning Spanish author, whose highly regarded fiction artfully blends Henry James's subtle indirection with flagrantly Gothic and Grand Guignol narrative materials. Read full book review >
TOMORROW IN THE BATTLE THINK ON ME by Javier Marías
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"All the same, Mar°as's is a world-class talent, one always worth reading."
 Another intriguing psychodrama of sex, guilt, and social satire from the prize-winning Spanish author whose fiction in English translation includes All Souls and A Heart So White (both 1996). Read full book review >
ALL SOULS by Javier Marías
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 25, 1996

"Another stunning work from one of Europe's best younger writers."
 The first US appearance of an accomplished and elegant novel, first published in Spain in 1990, by the author of A Heart So White (p. 18) and other highly praised fiction. Read full book review >
A HEART SO WHITE by Javier Marías
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 1996

"The flawed, truncated nature of all human contact and efforts to reach it has rarely been given such remorseless stress."
 A harrowing drama of family secrets and their deepening resonance throughout several involved lives, by an accomplished European author whose All Souls (not reviewed) appeared in English translation in 1993. Read full book review >